The Beauty of Your Soul …

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

The beauty of your soul“…the soul of the just person is nothing else but a paradise where the Lord says he finds his delight. So then, what do you think that abode will be like where a King so powerful, so wise, so pure, so full of all good things takes his delight? I don’t find anything comparable to the magnificent beauty of a soul and its marvelous capacity. Indeed, our intellects, however keen, can hardly comprehend it, just as they cannot comprehend God; but he himself says that he created us in his own image and likeness… His Majesty in saying that the soul is made in his own image makes it almost impossible for us to understand the sublime dignity and beauty of the soul.”

An amazing thought isn’t it? I wonder what would happen to us if we understood how beautiful our souls are, or could be. Have you ever stepped into an immaculate home or better yet, stayed as a guest? A person of good-will in this situation will do everything they can to avoid making a mess. Why? First, because it doesn’t belong to them. Second, because they wouldn’t want to disturb the beauty, order, and cleanliness of the place.

When we see something and beautiful or pristine, our better instinct is to preserve it, to protect it. How would we treat our souls if we knew how truly beautiful they are or could be?

Seek Him – Find Him – Follow Him


For more this, read St. Teresa of Avila’s The Interior Castle. This passage can be found in the first chapter.


Art for this post on the beauty of your soul: Sainte Thérèse [of Avila] Francois Gérard, 1827, PD-US author’s life plus 100 years or less, PD-US published in the U.S. prior to January 1, 1923, Wikimedia Commons.

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